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cow calf profits
Jul 28, 2016

How to control costs & spur cowherd revenues

Success will come from optimizing expenses and performance by building a production system that will yield the lowest unit cost of production for the....More
Jun 27, 2016

Best risk strategy options for cattle producers

How do you manage price risk amid gut-wrenching volatility? Preserve and add value to your calf-crop....More
Jun 23, 2016

Consumers determine beef’s fortune and future1

A panel of economists and beef experts thinks the prosperity and economic sustainability of the beef industry begins and ends with consumers. Do you....More
Replacement heifers
Jun 08, 2016

What’s the value of genomics in heifer selection?1

Research shows a breakeven value of $24 per heifer....More
May 24, 2016

Bull buyers demand breeding assurance

Buying a bull is a big investment. Find out how other producers are selecting their herd sires to guarantee a successful return....More
Apr 25, 2016

Managing costs is key to riding out cattle cycle

We are looking at several years of pretty tight financial situation for U.S. agriculture. Farm income is less than half of the 2013 peak, and we....More
Apr 11, 2016

Projected lifetime returns: Bred heifers2

What economic and production factors impact the economic value of preg-checked heifers in your cowherd?....More
Apr 03, 2016

Transparency pays for beef producers

Consumer demand for increased transparency in agriculture is calling on beef producers to start the conversation....More
Feb 18, 2016

2016 beef enterprise cost outlook: Bred heifers

The cost of maintaining a static breeding herd is projected down substantially for 2016 going into 2017....More
Feb 18, 2016

Will the roller coaster ride in price discovery continue?

In 2015, we ended up with the largest net meat supply increase in our domestic market for any single year going back to 1950....More
Feb 08, 2016

Price spreads likely to widen1

No matter the particular market, the top calves — those that pose buyers the least risk, the most market opportunity and usually a combination of the....More
Jan 04, 2016

Managing risk is more important than ever

There seems little doubt that recent volatility and uncertainty caused some to delay marketing decisions. It seems the recent market crash has pushed....More
Dec 07, 2015

Cattle buyers still find value, pay more for healthy cattle

Cattle buyers continue to pay more for calves with added health assurance, but not necessarily the way people often think of such programs....More
Nov 02, 2015

Lessons from the 2015 cattle market wreck

Though there were other contributors to the late summer - early fall market slide, the backlog of overdone cattle fueled the price slide....More
Oct 29, 2015

Is the cattle cycle back? Part 2 of a 2-part series

Will we see cattle cycles again? Assuming that corn prices stay reasonably stable, as we saw before 2006, I would answer “Yes, I think so.”....More
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Wes Ishmael

Among the industry’s most insightful thinkers, Wes Ishmael concentrates on industry price and market perspectives for BEEF magazine. Along with his monthly “Cattle Economics” column...
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Wes Ishmael provides tightly focused analysis and commentary on specific beef quality and marketing issues of practical importance to beef producers.

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